Legislative History of America's Economic Policy toward the Philippines

Legislative History of America's Economic Policy toward the Philippines

Legislative History of America's Economic Policy toward the Philippines

Legislative History of America's Economic Policy toward the Philippines

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In many respects, it is desirable to determine, at the outset, the metes and bounds of a subject for study. In this monograph on the "Legislative History of America's Economic Policy toward the Philippines" there is no attempt to follow out the results of the various phases of economic legislation. A logical and distinct dividing line may be made between the reasons that move legislators in the formulation of policies and the consequences of such legislative decisions. An examination of what Congressmen said and thus, presumably, of what they thought at the time of the passage of a particular law may or may not be of value. Insofar, however, as such an examination throws light on the Congressional mind, if such a term may be used to denote the blending of individual thoughts in an assembly, to that extent will the results be of significance in charting the course which Congress has pursued in the past and will probably pursue in the future.

The writer wishes to acknowledge his deep obligation to Professor Howard Lee McBain under whose direction and guidance this work was undertaken. Likewise is he indebted to Professor Lindsay Rogers, Professor Henry Parker Willis, and Professor Thomas Reed Powell for reading portions of the manuscript and valuable suggestions and criticism.

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